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The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

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In this profound and moving philosophical statement, Camus poses the fundamental question: is life worth living? If human existence holds no significance, what can keep us from suicide? As Camus argues, if there is no God to give meaning to our lives, humans must take on that purpose themselves. This is our absurd task, like Si
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Published 1955 by Vintage Books (first published 1942)
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Rakhi Dalal

Camus, as a writer, receives mixed response from the readers. It is understandable when some readers avoid reading him, because he seems a difficult writer whose works are taken to be disturbing. Some readers appreciate his writings though they do not agree with him. While for some, Camus’ ideas are irrelevant when compared with those proposed by existential philosophers. Although Camus is often categorized as an existential philosopher but he himself never approved of that. In one of his interv
Erik Graff
Oct 09, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: troubled teens
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: philosophy
By the end of high school I was a very unhappy person and had been so since our family moved from unincorporated Kane County to Park Ridge, Illinois when I was ten. At the outset the unhappiness was basically consequent upon leaving a rural setting, small school and friendly, integrated working-class neighborhood for a reactionary suburb, large school and unfriendly upper middle-class populace whose children were, by and large, just as thoughtlessly racist and conservative as their parents were. ...more
Most of my friends will probably think I'm being sarcastic when I call this as good a "self-help" book as any I can imagine, but this essay honestly inspired in me an awe of human nature and its absurd indomitability. I think Camus gets a bad rap for being a cold, detached pessimist who only points out the meaninglessness of life again and again in his books. OK, he may indeed declare life "meaningless," but this book is passionately affirmative of life in the face of that void. Beginning as a r ...more
A good friend introduced me to Nietzsche in my early teens, and Nietzsche and I have had a turbulent relationship ever since. One of the first adult books I read was Kafka's The Trial and Nietzsche was there too, inviting me to step off the city on poles into the bottomless swamp.

Oh baby hold my hand
we're gonna walk on water

Nietzsche said there are no facts, no truth. After he said this, some philosophers stopped writing like Kant and wrote like poets. Camus says here that 'there is no truth,
Mar 25, 2012 Simeon marked it as to-finish  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest opening lines of all time:

"There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest – whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories – comes afterwards. These are games; one must first answer."

- Albert Camus

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The s
Mar 03, 2008 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: slaves, idiots, conceited philosophy students, kafkaphiles, morons
Recommended to Jason by: Ian Karell
Okay, so the basic premise in this book is that there are two schools of thought involved with becoming conscious as a man. There is one in which you become conscious of God, accepting faith as the channel between this world and the next. Existence is a matter of order, one that is concrete and follows the compelling obligations towards the God whom you commit your faith.

The other option is the absurd, for which this book is written. The problem asks is it possible not to commit suicide in a me
Ian Klappenskoff
Aug 23, 2015 Ian Klappenskoff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who prefers Rolling Stones to Beatles albums
The One True Philosophical Problem

"The Myth of Sisyphus" purports to be about the "one truly philosophical problem [of] suicide".

Perhaps, it's a little sensationalist to define the problem in these terms, at least in the 21st century. Even Camus himself immediately restated the problem as "judging whether life is or is not worth living".

Maybe another way is to ask whether, if life is not worth living, does it follow that we should cease to live, e.g., by committing suicide? (It's interesting how
David Lentz
In “Sisyphus” Camus explores the great Greek myth to address Hamlet’s ultimate question as to whether one should be or not be. Camus scoffs at Kierkegaard who also addresses the plight of the Absurd Man, by which both thinkers understand the human condition today when faced with life in which it appears incomprehensible through pure reason. Camus darkly adds that life is ultimately futile because mankind is powerless and after all life is simply an endless series of hardships, which symbolically ...more
Rowland Bismark
Albert Camus (1913–1960) is not a philosopher so much as a novelist with a strong philosophical bent. He is most famous for his novels of ideas, such as The Stranger and The Plague, both of which are set in the arid landscape of his native Algeria.

Camus studied philosophy at the University of Algiers, which brought him into contact with two of the major branches of twentieth century philosophy: existentialism and phenomenology. Existentialism arises from an awareness that there is no pre-ordaine
Tieu uyen
Hồi đi học, đọc Sisyphus xong chúng mình hay đùa nhau hỏi: Thế Sisyphus chơi nhạc gì? Cả lũ sẽ nhe răng ra cười xong gào lên: “Rock and roll”
Thế đấy, "Huyền thoại Sisyphus" là câu chuyện nhảm nhí về anh chàng sáng lăn tảng đá lên đỉnh núi, rồi đứng nhìn nó rơi xuống, rồi ảnh tà tà hạ sơn, về uống cốc bia, tắm rửa, đi ngủ lấy sức sáng mai lại ra lăn cái hòn đá nọ lên đỉnh núi, rồi lại đứng nhìn nó rơi xuống rồi mọi việc lại diễn ra y chang ngày hôm qua, cứ thế ngày này qua tháng nọ. Cuộc đời vốn

Mythology is a passion of mine and has been ever since I was a younger child - an age when I had much greater clarity of mind than I do now and was hampered less by outward influences. Therefore, to see Albert Camus write a sequence of differing essays which explore existentialism (whether he was truly an 'existentialist' is a matter of debate and conjecture but he was interested in existentialist concepts) in a manner that connects back to mythology was fascinating.

For those who are unaware, th
Feb 07, 2008 Patrick rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophers, dorm room and otherwise
There was a part of me that really, really, really wanted to give this book 4 stars because of the way it made me think about life and consider and reconsider my own notions about the meaning we make in our worlds. It contained some really interested ideas regarding the philosophy of absurdism, which I would best describe as something of a happy medium between existentialism and nihilism, though I understand Camus himself might consider it nihilism's polar opposite.

That said, I can't say I reall
Amina - أمينَة.
” إن المرء ينتحر لأن الحياة لا تستحقّ أن تُعاش ، و تلك هي حقيقة أكيدة ! ، ولكنّها غير مثمرة ، لأنها حقيقة عاديّة ”
إن الفلسفة في هذا الكتاب ، لهي عميقةٌ حدّ الغرق ، و لا أظن بأن قرائتي لهذا الكتاب ، ستكون لمرة واحدة .

لا جدوى الحياة أمام جدوى الإنتحار / العبثية في الإنتحار / الأمل / سيزيف / شخصيات روائيّة لكّتاب مثل كافكا ، دستويفسكي ... إلخ
هذا ما يناقشه ألبير كامو في مقالته ، حيث يوضح كامو في بداية المقالة ، أن الإنتحار لهو خيار خاطيء ولا مبرر له ، و لا يوجد سبب يدفع الإنسان للإنتحار ، سواء كا
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"They bear away from their light, while their strict lord Death bids them to dance... and the rain washes, and cleanses the salt of their tears from their cheeks."

Absurd enough.

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Ahmed Youssif
"فى اللحظة الدقيقة التى يظر فيها الانسان الى الخلف ليستعرض حياته ، حين يعود سيزيف الى الصخرة ، فى ذلك الدوران الضئيل يتأمل تلك السلسة من الفعاليات اللامرتبطة ببعضها، التى تصبح مصيره ، الذى يخلقه هو والذى يمتزج تحت عين ذاكرته ، و سرعان ما يختم عليه موته... و هكذا ، فهو يستمر فى سيره مقتنعاً بالأصل البشرى تماماً لكل ما هو بشرى ، كالأعمى المتلهف للرؤية ،الذى يعرف أن الليل لن ينتهى أبداً ،، و الصخرة لاتزال تتدحرج ."

بحث فلسفى عن اللاجدوى , سيزيف , والعبث ،كمحاولة يائسة لتقديم الأمل فى ال
Adrian Colesberry
Classic for a reason. This book is a tonic for any agnostic or cynic struggling with the whole meaning-of-life thing. Camus, in a way that I find totally satisfying, solves that problem without the standard religious cop-out of locating meaning outside this world.
What is wrong with being Sisyphus? Is this a punishment or is this just what life is if you take you head out of the bubble for long enough to see the truth of things. My essential vision of life I more or less cribbed from Camus and S
Leila Hashemi
مقاله های فلسفی به این شکل باید ترجمه عالی داشته باشه تا متن کامل قابل فهم بشه که فکر کنم این کتاب حداقل اینجوری نبود که من میخواستم.
یک مجموعه ای از مقاله های کامو در مورد پوچی و سایر چیزهایی که با اون در ارتباط هست نوشته شده.چیزی که برام جالب بود وقتی میخوندمش خیلی از رمان های کامو برام تداعی میشد و اینکه میفمهی پشت اون ایده رمان چه فکری و مفهومی بوده خیلی خوبه.مخصوصا تو قسمت "فلسفه و رمان".
مثلا تو جایی در مورد فلسفه می گفت:رمان فلسفی نه آغاز داره نه پایان ،مفهوم تو عمق داستان به خواننده میرسه.
Peri Kitapları
"Kişi mutlu yaşamak için para kazanmak ister, sonra bir yaşamın tüm çabası ve en iyi yanı bu paranın kazanılmasında toplanır. Mutluluk unutulmuş, araç da amaç sayılmıştır..."

Okuması çok da kolay olmayan bir kitap... Ama yine çok fazla not düştüm kitaptan ...
Over the past few weeks I've found myself immersed in Sartre and Camus, beginning with Sartre's "Existentialism is a Humanism" and then rereading Sartre's essay on Camus (and why reading The Myth of Sisyphus is essential if one is to properly understand The Stranger) and rereading Camus' The Stranger, and then finally reading the present work. I think that The Myth of Sisyphus (and for that matter the other essays in this collection, which Camus wrote prior to Sisyphus, but in which he plants th ...more
Greg Deane
Albert Camus observed in “The Myth of Sisyphus” that ‘There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest – whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories – comes afterwards. These are games; one must first answer.’ Sisyphus trickster, and the founder of Corinth, who was so bold that he deceived the gods. For ...more
Mme. Bookling ~
In this philosophical essay, Camus presents and defends his philosophical school of thought entitled the philosophy of the absurd.

The philosophy of the absurd asks about man's futile search for meaning in a world which it devoid of eternity. He presupposes the question: Does the realization of the absurdity of life mean suicide is the best option for mankind? Throughout the essay, he comes to say that suicide is not the best option--but revolt.

This is seriously such a fascinating review of exist
Ho avuto delle enormi difficoltà a leggere questo libro, dato che le mie reminiscenze filosofiche risalgono ai tempi del liceo ( ormai anni or sono).
Credo che il fine di un libro sia scuoterti, portare il lettore a riflettere, a porsi delle domande e questo saggio filosofico ha avuto questo merito.
Camus parte dal mito di Sisifo per offrirci il suo pensiero sul suicidio ("Il suicidio è l'accettazione del prorpio limite"), sull'assurdo delle nostre vite, l'angoscia prendendo spunto da alcuni gra
Cassandra Kay Silva
The meaninglessness of life. Sigh. I think this is the true path to the wakening of the adult from the child. This bubble bursting awareness that there really may be nothing else out there and that time marches us on toward our inevitable death. Something about the myth at the end though was fairly reassuring. I actually found some strange comfort in this.
Sidharth Vardhan
"Life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions and were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions"
- Santayana

In his essay 'Myth of Sisyphus', Campus undertakes to do this impossible. He begins by discussing how various philosophers approach the problem. (there is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide.) Life, according to him is full of absurdity - and one who can accept this absurdity will not try to find meaning of life. An absurd man fears nothin
Eliana Rivero
Este mismo corazón mío me resultará siempre indefinible. Entre la certidumbre que tengo de mi existencia y el contenido que trato de dar a esta seguridad hay un foso que nunca será colmado. Seré siempre extraño a mí mismo

Creo que siempre me dará pánico hablar de Camus, sobre todo porque no sé qué pasa cuando termino de leer sus libros. De primera, es un libro muy filosófico. Son muchas cosas, pero principalmente, el libro es un ensayo donde Camus plantea sus ideas sobre la muerte y el suicidio
Paul Bard
Sisyphus is a Greek myth for a guy who refused to stay dead so he was punished by pushing a rock up a hill forever. Albert Camus likes the idea of not staying dead so much that he pretends that it wouldn't completely suck forever pushing a rock up a hill. Riight.

And...sure; Sisyphus has a lust for life (and not the tasteless Irving Wallace kind of lust for life, but the Zorba the Greek kind of lust). But is it really worth flaunting the gods and all of Greek culture? Camus, following Nietzsche,
David Williamson
This should be called 'The Myth of Sisyphus: and some tagged on essays that are not really relevant'. There seems to be three travel essays, although interesting are arbitrary to the main text (however, 'Helen in Exile' is very good).

Camus' book is a stark contrast to the 'The Outsider', which although complex, uses langauge in a matter of fact way. To the point, but articulate. The Myth of Sisyphus does not. Its use of poetic language and structure can be difficult to dissect, and at times is j
Fatima Abdullah

" تهدف الأسطورة في هذا الكتاب إلى حل مشكلة الانتحار بدون مساعدة القيم الدائمة التي هي، ربما مؤقتاً، غير موجودة أو مشوهة في أوروبا اليوم. إن الموضوع الأساسي في أسطورة سيزيف، هو هذا: من المشروع والضروري التساؤل عما إذا كان للحياة معنى، وهكذا فمن المشروع أن نواجه فكرة الانتحار وجهاً لوجه. والجواب، الذي يكمن في، ويلوح عبر المتناقضات التي تغطيه، هو هذا: حتى إذا لم يؤمن المرء بالله، فإن الانتحار غير مشروع. إن هذا الكتاب الذي ألفه كامو في عام 1940، خلال الكوارث الفرنسية والأوروبية يبين أنه، حتى ضمن حدو
Ahmad Sharabiani
خدایان سیزیف را محکوم کرده بودند که دائما سنگی را به بالای کوهی بغلطاند، تا جایی که سنگ بخاطر وزنش فرو افتد. آنها فکر میکردند تنبیهی وحشتناکتر از انجام کاری عبث و بیهوده وجود ندارد. اما به گفتهء هومر، سیزیف خردمندترین و محتاط ترین موجود فانی بود. باز به گفتهء هومر، سیزیف مرگ را در زنجیر کرده بود و این فرمانروایی، خدایان را خوش نمی آمد. پس پلاتو، خدای جنگ را فرستاد تا مرگ را از دستان اشغالگرش آزاد سازد
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Albert Camus was an Algerian-born French author, philosopher, and journalist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. He is often cited as a proponent of existentialism (the philosophy that he was associated with during his own lifetime), but Camus himself rejected this particular label. Specifically, his views contributed to the rise of the more current philosophy known as absurdis ...more
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